Penticton Indian Band elects council members

The Penticton Indian Band will see a few new faces around the council table.

The Penticton Indian Band will see a few new faces around the council table.

With 26 candidates running, the PIB membership packed the Community Hall to wind up the election cycle by counting ballots for the eight council positions.

Newly elected candidates for the 2016 to 2020 term includes, Elliot Tonasket, who received the highest votes with 162, Suzanne Johnson, Naomi Gabriel and Denise Lecoy.

Familiar faces in the remaining council positions are; Joseph Pierre, Clint George and Tim Lezard. Former PIB Chief Jonathan Kruger was also voted on to council.

In October, the PIB elected Chad Eneas as the new chief. Cultural values and community are the driving focus of Eneas’ election platform. Eneas is a past member of band council, and was also president of the PIB Development Corporation.

Read more: Eneas elected chief of Penticton Indian Band

The successful council candidates will convene at the administration office on Friday, Dec. 9 to sign the Oath of Office.

The electoral officer, Valerie Baptiste and deputy officer, Karen Frazie have provided the Penticton Indian Band with elections services since the nominations meeting, including but not limited to mail-out ballots, tracking eligible voters, overseeing all election-related activities and counting ballots.